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  • Adapt Or Wither

    published December 19, 2002

    Adaptation is the most overrated movie of the year (of all time?) by people who should know better. Film critics have either been... More >>

  • End of the Road

    published December 12, 2002

    Notes from a network executive's forthcoming biography, pilfered from the desk of an editor at a major publishing house. This was hard to read, as... More >>

  • Jenny from the Crock

    published December 12, 2002

    Maid in Manhattan, in which Jennifer Lopez goes from pauper to princess, comes not from a screenplay but from a handful of self-help... More >>

  • True Dat

    published December 5, 2002

    CHARACTERS: Russell Simmons: He is 45, wears a white baseball cap, a T-shirt with the words "40 Acres and a Bentley" on the back, and a... More >>

  • School Daze

    published October 10, 2002

    Roger Avary's screenplay for The Rules of Attraction is a remarkable work of literature: the disassembly and reconstruction of an... More >>

  • The South Falls, Again

    published September 26, 2002

    So there's no confusion, the star of Sweet Home Alabama is Reese Witherspoon, who graces the film's poster in full-body pout and... More >>

  • Burr, Not Chilly

    published September 19, 2002

    Among the more preposterous rumors spread by Harry Knowles, whose Ain't It Cool News movie-biz-gossip Website garners undue attention from studios... More >>

  • Fallon Fast

    published August 22, 2002

    Things you will learn from a forthcoming oral history of Saturday Night Live: Dan Aykroyd slept with, among others, Gilda Radner, Laraine... More >>

  • Team G-Attica

    published August 22, 2002

    Andrew Niccol keeps making the same movie over and over again and dressing it in slightly different clothes: the sleek charcoal Hugo Boss grays of... More >>

  • Do the Math

    published August 8, 2002

    A press pass, reporter-turned-novelist Gregory McDonald once said, is good for one thing: It allows the journalist to ask very smart people... More >>

  • Happy Ending

    published August 1, 2002

    Like George Clooney says in Ocean's Eleven, do the math: four Canon XL1 digital cameras, one dual 800 MHz Power Mac G4, a copy of editing... More >>

  • After M*A*S*H

    published July 18, 2002

    At this very moment, members of the Television Critics Association are gathered at the Ritz-Carlton in Pasadena, California, to preview this... More >>

  • Fight Club

    published July 11, 2002

    A pal asked last week, "Who you writing about?" Told him, "Art Linson," which screwed his face into a big ol' question mark. "He's a movie... More >>

  • Ice Ice Maybe

    published July 4, 2002

    They stream in and out, all day and all night, one after the other: band members, producers, business associates, friends, family, strangers,... More >>

  • Dirty Deeds

    published June 27, 2002

    Talk about trading down: Adam Sandler now stands in for Gary Cooper, Winona Ryder for Jean Arthur, screenwriter Tim Herlihy (The Waterboy,... More >>

  • Duh Press

    published June 20, 2002

    Shouldn't have said yes, couldn't say no. The deal was simple, and those who chose to accept it had made their own private pact with the... More >>

  • Eminem

    published June 20, 2002

    Think of it this way, and perhaps Marshall Mathers's (or Eminem's, or Slim Shady's) 25-mil-plus-sold popularity makes more sense to the old farts... More >>

  • Report Card

    published June 20, 2002

    Steven Spielberg just might turn into a great director if only he'd stop sabotaging his movies. For the second time in as many films, he... More >>

  • Bourne Free

    published June 13, 2002

    The plot of The Bourne Identity is astonishingly straightforward. It is bereft of twists (instead we're offered tangible... More >>

  • Dr. Strange

    published May 30, 2002

    When this column debuted at the beginning of 2000, readers and editors scoffed at its occasional subject matter, the comic book. Kids'... More >>

  • The Prince

    published May 23, 2002

    Thirty-four years later, Carson has returned to the school to deliver a series of lectures on the power of fable and film as metaphor, and he... More >>

  • Revolting

    published May 9, 2002

    Last month GQ ran a disquietingly flattering profile of Joe Roth, who, in January 2000, quit his gig as Walt Disney Studios chairman to... More >>

  • Skate or Die

    published May 2, 2002

    "This is contrary to how we grew up," Stacy Peralta is saying a few minutes after getting dropped off at a newspaper office by a limo driver. The... More >>

  • Lazarus, Reborn

    published April 25, 2002

    Peter Bogdanovich, maybe the last man alive who wears a neckerchief without irony, holds a copy of a newspaper article in which his old friend... More >>

  • When Online Got Off Base

    published April 11, 2002

    On a good day, Mark Cuban might respond to a journalist's query with a terse, unpunctuated e-mail that reads like something dashed off by a... More >>

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